This Week in Reconstruction, March 8-14, 1867
It has been over two years since the end of the Civil War and the Southerners are still being treated as a nuisance to society. Northerners and Radicals within Congress still uphold the goal of trying to strip the former rebels in the South of the civil liberties and keep a firm grasp on their power. Southerners are tired of the constant restrictions Congress keeps trying to enact on them want to be recognized of their compliance. General Howard is one of the few who acknowledges this compliance and peaceful actions of the South and feels they deserve to be stripped of the destitution that has been placed on them. The editor of the Dispatch states, "The_North_has_had_its_millions_for_contracts,_protection,_fishing_bounties,_river_and_harbor_improvements,_and_offices,_and_its_hundreds_of_millions_in_pensions_and_war_bounties,_and_the_South_has_had_not_one_dollar!_Is_it_wonderful_that_we_should_have_starvation?" While General Howard of the Union fights for Southern rights, many Radicals of Congress still desire punishments continue to be dealt. Congressmen are proposing bills that could strip "rebels" of the south even more so than what has already been enacted and bills that would place most of the power to African Americans. Southerners, while compliant, still argue for their rights and demand they be given respect. Extremists in Congress have heard their demands and counter them with the fact that their bills could hold much harsher punishments, and they are "restraining" their bills and lessening the restrictions they uphold.